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Alex Lifeson talks Lerxst Amps and his current gear setup in new Guitarist magazine interview

Sat, Apr 27, 2024@4:43PM | comments

UPDATE - 4/28@1:57PM: John at has transcribed the article and made it available online here.

A new interview with Rush's Alex Lifeson is featured in the June 2024 edition of Guitarist magazine where Lerxst talks about his current gear setup, why he's ditched wireless for cable, and his current offering of gear at Lerxst Amps. He was asked how his gear setup has changed since Rush's last show in 2015 and here's what he had to say:'

... It's certainly not what it was when we were touring. I think I've gone back to more of a traditionalist approach with a short cable into the front end of the amp. I've really come to appreciate that, after using radios [wireless] for so many years just out of necessity and convenience. Cable makes such a big difference in the way the guitar is speaking to the amp; you feel more connected. I use some pedals, but generally, I like to record everything direct and then add plugins or whatever. If I'm doing a live gig, I'll take a delay pedal and maybe a chorus. ... I had such an addiction to chorus that I'm trying to avoid it as much as I can. It started with the Roland JC-120 on 'A Farewell To Kings.' In the studio when we were finished recording, I would just sit in front of that amp, maybe had a little puff of something, and just play in front of this beautiful shifting Stereo Chorus that was mind-blowing. That's when my addiction started and it was a little overwhelming. I used chorus on everything for most of the '80s. ...

You can learn how to obtain a copy of the magazine with the complete article at